I drove home listening to the news on the radio. Election results were coming in. Four more years couldn't be any worse than the previous four years, or could it?
I didn't want to think about it. The campaigns had been contentious, the incumbent was steady, true and boring and the challenger was all Rah Rah USA! USA!
The mid-East was in turmoil and the economy was a mess. I just hoped I'd have a job and be able to afford gasoline.
They can all rot, I thought, just let it be over.
In the end I just gave up and voted for a third party candidate, unwilling to support either of the main guys. I knew it was a throw-away vote but I figured the non-side was more tolerable than the winning or losing side.
Finally, the results came in and I couldn't believe that guy won! Surly the country was doomed and I might as well move to France. They speak French there, right? Better get a Berlitz book next time I'm at the book store. Mental note.
Yep, times were a-changing when a guy like this could get elected president.
As I drove home that November night in 1980 I wondered what the future would bring with that actor guy, Ronald Reagan, as president.
We'll see, I thought, we'll see.